RB Dion Lewis expected to remain with Patriots despite newly crowded backfield

Dion Lewis brings something special to the Patriots backfield, and that's why he's expected to keep a roster spot despite significant injury history and a fierce position battle.

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(AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

RB Dion Lewis expected to remain with Patriots despite newly crowded backfield


  • ESPN’s Mike Reiss expects the Patriots to keep Dion Lewis despite a crowded backfield. Lewis, who has been plagued by injuries throughout his career, will remain in the RB rotation as well as contribute as the primary return man for the Patriots.
  • When healthy, Lewis has elite elusiveness. He has forced 56 missed tackles on his last 186 touches, by far the highest rate in the NFL. In 2015 alone he forced 43 missed tackles on 85 touches.
  • In 2015, Lewis was very effective in the passing game, producing 2.01 yards-per-route-run, eighth in the NFL among 56 running backs with at least 24 targets. His receiving grade of 80.3 ranked 10th.
  • Lewis graded as the 22nd-best overall RB in 2015 out of 69 eligible.DION LEWIS - MTs Rec - BW1
  • Phong Ta

    Great to have a healthy Lewis on the Pats. Even if he isn’t a workhorse he’s an electrifying dual-threat runner for the Pats, something the offense has not had the luxury of very often. Even if he only plays 20-25 snaps a game that still makes the whole offense much, much better.